The House was not able to muster the necessary votes to pass the Trumpcare bill today. The President tried repeatedly to get House conservatives on board with his plan but he failed. There will be no vote today on the Trump-Ryan plan for health care.
House leaders have told members to be available Friday in case they can muster the votes needed to pass the healthcare bill. White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said:
We’re very confident that the bill will pass tomorrow morning,
As of this afternoon, there are 37 House members who are prepared to vote against the bill. Trump and Ryan can only afford to lose 22 members if the bill is to pass. So there are more than enough votes to defeat the bill.
If Trump cannot make enough concessions for conservative House members to vote for the bill it will go down as a major defeat for the President.
Much more here.
UPDATE: Virginia Republicans Dave Brat, Rob Wittman, and Tom Garrett all remain firmly opposed to the bill, despite tremendous pressure from leadership and even the President and Vice President themselves. We’re told that there have been a variety of threats made against them, including the launching of primary challenges. These stalwarts have remained true, however, and their fortitude is about to pay dividends.